Since the introduction of streaming, the UK charts have become pretty irrelevant to most people and are now not a true reflection of what people are really spending their money on, but it has slowed down the number of songs making number one and songs are hanging around a little longer. The real shame is that the Official Chart Company introduced ACR (accelerated chart ratio) which means if a song’s sale/streams have declined three consecutive weeks then it’s ratio is halved thus helping to drop out of the chart quicker.
Anyway, during 2018, there were 17 UK number ones compared to 15 in the US which is one of the closest it’s been. Here’s the lists.
|UK Artist||UK title||Weeks at Number One||US Artist||US Title||Weeks at Number One|
|Ed Sheeran||Perfect||6||Ed Sheeran||Perfect||1|
|Eminem Feat Ed Sheeran||River||1||Camila Cabello feat Young Thug||Havana||1|
|Drake||God’s Plan||9||Drake||God’s Plan||11|
|Rudimental Feat Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen||These Days||1||Drake||Nice For What||4|
|Lil Dicky Feat Chris Brown||Freaky Friday||1||Childish Gambino||This Is America||2|
|Drake||Nice For What||1||Drake||Nice For What||2|
|Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa||One Kiss||8||Post Malone feat Ty Dolla Sign||Psycho||1|
|Jess Glynne||I’ll Be There||1||Drake||Nice For What||1|
|Clean Bandit Feat Demi Lovato||Solo||1||XXXTentacion||Sad||1|
|George Ezra||Shotgun *||4||Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin||I Like It||1|
|Baddiel And Skinner And Lightning Seeds||Three Lions||1||Drake||Nice For What||1|
|Drake||In My Feelings||4||Drake||In My Feelings||10|
|Benny Blanco & Halsey & Khalid||Eastside||1||Maroon 5 feat Cardi B||Girls Like You||7|
|Calvin Harris & Sam Smith||Promises *||6||Ariana Grande||Thank U, Next||3|
|Dave Feat Fredo||Funky Friday||1||Travis Scott||Sicko mode||1|
|Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper||Shallow||2||Ariana Grande||Thank U, Next||1|
|Ariana Grande||Thank U Next||6 (so far)|
- = more than one stint at the top.